Today I had a meeting with both of my supervisors about a possible promotion. This promotion has been in the works for months now.
Usually, I naturally go into my poker face and try to be diplomatic, tactful, and able to see all. However, the more I move along in my career and life, the more I can see my value and articulate it. However, at one point in this meeting, the thought crossed my mind as I was listening to myself, “oh no, the point I’m making could be perceived as me being cocky over being confident.” By that time, that cat was out of the bag, and I had said my piece – cocky, confident, or not.
As employees, it can be challenging to state our values and truth in general, let alone to do so in a confident and not cocky manner. That balance is something that we each need to discover for ourselves. I put a lot of energy into not coming across as though I’m all that and a bag of chips because the reality is I’m still unearthing all that and the bag of chips. 😉
So where does confidence meet cocky for you?